Kicker Training With an Olympian Coach
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For those of you who don’t know my story, I’m a 32-year-old entrepreneur, video producer, and marketer who was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas.
I always belonged in the mountains. I have lived all over, and at age 32 I decided to shut down my real estate brokerage, property management company and marketing company in Wichita to move out to the mountains and live the life I was always destined to live.
My first roommate was an extremely talented eighteen-year-old named Alec Vandeweerd. We shot together and rode together, but he didn’t give me much coaching… Then he met Toms Petrusevičs who was sent to Summit County by the country to Latvia to train for the Olympics… We all became good friends, and Toms began coaching and teaching me how to snowboard in the park properly… This is footage from a shoot day where we captured a lot of footage of Toms hitting rails. Each lap we took, he followed me through the kickers with the camera before we shot him on the rails.
Although this video does not show my final skill level, it is pretty cool to think that I had an Olympic hopeful and World Cup competitor teaching me how to hit kickers, rails, and do start doing tricks… By the end of the season, I had a broken heel, broken wrist, possibly a broken thumb, and bruises that have lasted for months. Nonetheless, my first season living in Breckenridge and snowboarding 6+ days a week has been the best four-months of my life. Now I just have to learn how to take care of my body enough that my season isn’t cut short next year.
Article by Mike Gamache